Things you should know about your RV Power Cords
Many appliances and systems inside your RV runs in a 120-volt power such as your air conditioner, TV, microwave, refrigerator and other devices. This requires you to connect your RV to a power source or a Shore Power with the help of your power cords. These power cords is a very important part of your rig’s electrical system since it is the tool responsible in acquiring enough electrical power for your appliances to function in your RV, Travel Trailers, fifth Wheels, Truck Campers and Tent Trailers.
Difference between 30 amps and 50 amps in an RV
Most RV Power Cords are equipped with two different kinds of amperes plugs, the 30 amp plug and the 50 amp plug. Your 30 amp plug is usually shorter and has 3 prongs. This kind of plug is used for RVs that requires lower power consumption, usually ones with only one RV air conditioning rooftop unit.
On the other hand the 50 amp plug is typically longer, has 4 prongs and is used for RVs that requires higher power loads. Most of the time, campgrounds offers power connections for both amp plugs but there are instances where in they only offer one type of power source usually 30 amp and this might not match with your RV’s plug.
Useful RV Power Cord Tools and Accessories
RV and Campground Plug Adapters
In cases where your RV amp plug does not match with the shore power receptacles, you can use Plug Adapters to be able to plug it in. There are 50 to 30 amp or 30 to 50 amp adapters but it is important to take note that even if you use a 30 to 50 amp plug adapter you would still get a 30 amp power from your Shore Power while if you use a 50 to 30 amp adapter, you limit your power cord capacity and only get 30 amp power from it. Dogbone adapter or molded adapters are easily available from any electrical or RV shops near you or from RV online shops.
RV Extension Cords
These are useful if your power source is a bit far or for replacing old or damage power cords. Be advised however that this is not your typical household extension cords, so do not even attempt to use them with your RV power cords. You can find some trusted brands like Voltec, AP Products and other trusted brands to provide you with quality cable.
RV Cable Accessories
These items help you keep your cables tidy, neatly kept and in-place. It includes bag, cable straps, handles, wire looms and lubricants. You can also add here you locking reels, cord locks and boxes or cable storage products.
RV Power Connectors
Foryour safety, there are available accessories such as blade, bullet, butt and cord or electrical connectors you can purchase. There are also covers, caps, quick connect and disconnect terminals you can easily find. And of course, damaged cables hatches and electrical hatches should be replaced as soon as possible.
Polarity Tester and RV Surge Protectors
These tools are very important to test if the power source where you will plug your cord in, is wired correctly to avoid major electrical issues on your rig and to ensure the safety of the people inside your RV.